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Featherstonhaugh State Forest

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This 697-acre State Forest was named after George W. Featherstonhaugh, a British gentleman who moved to the area and married Sarah Duane, the youngest daughter of James Duane, the patron of Duanesburg. Featherstonhaugh practiced scientific farming, crop rotation, held county fairs with agricultural competitions and served as the first US geologist and agricultural commissioner. He is also considered the father of the steam railroad.

Forest Management

Featherstonhaugh State Forest is managed for multiple uses, including timber production, watershed protection, wildlife habitat and recreation. Recreational opportunities include hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife viewing.


  • 1.4 miles of designated snowmobile trails
  • 3.7 miles of designated cross country ski/hiking trails
  • 0.2 miles of graveled access trail specifically designated for mobility impaired use


Featherstonhaugh Lake is a 38-acre warm water lake approximately 9.5 feet deep on average. Fish species include largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed and golden shiners.


From Rotterdam follow Mariaville Road (State Route 159) and travel west 8.3 miles. Turn left onto Lake Road (County Road 28D) and travel 0.4 miles.

State Forest Regulations

Anyone enjoying the use of this State Forest must observe the following rules which protect them and the forest environment.

Be a Volunteer

DEC appreciates public assistance. Volunteer projects on state lands will be considered, if they are in accordance with management policy and legal constraints.

Important Numbers

State Forest Office (M-F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.): 518-357-2450

Forest Ranger: 518-768-2683

Emergencies: 911 or 877-457-5680 (24 hour DEC Dispatch)

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